Weekly Reader

Friday, October 11, 2019

Economic Development
Community planning and capacity building for post recovery funding is something the Economic Development Administration and our local Economic Development District are working toward. Click here for resource information.

Many of you are involved in efforts to update local hazard mitigation plans. Click here for resources to assist in this process.

Here is a resource for business continuity resources for the transportation sector that might be of interest to some of you.

From the State Science and Technology Institute (SSTI) – Useful Stats: Job Creation by Firm Age, 2014-2018. Click here for the story.

Here are a couple of documents on walkability (Walkability / Deterrents to Walkability). Both are picture heavy and help to show pedestrian challenges on American streets. Resources are from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute via a link from the Thurston Regional Planning Council.

From FHWA –  Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program is designed to reduce pedestrian fatalities, which account for over 16 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities.

Looking at local pedestrian crossings and roads as a whole—system-wide—is an important first step to understanding needs and potential solutions. Several State Departments of Transportation are already working on or have completed State-level inventory projects or systemic analyses to help make informed decisions with pedestrian safety countermeasures.

According to the National Association of Regional Councils – “This week, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the Rural Opportunities to Use Transportation for Economic Success (ROUTES) Initiative, a new program developed to support transportation needs in rural America. The initiative will analyze the Department of Transportation’s discretionary funding and financing opportunities to further nationwide outcomes for transportation infrastructure in rural communities. “Rural America, which has a disproportionately high rate of fatalities and is historically neglected, needs to have its transportation needs addressed,” said Secretary Chao during the announcement of the initiative.” More about ROUTES can be found here.

Community Development / Other
Here is a report from CISCO to assist in defending against today’s critical threats.

Consumer Price Index update

What’s in a Map? Three Ways Local Governments Can Leverage Location Intelligence to Improve Cities. Click here for the story. Give us a call at the CWCOG if you need assistance with mapping or data analysis efforts.

For all of you beach goers and others interested in emergency preparedness, here are the latest maps for Tsunami evacuation walk time from Washington coastal communities.

Up-coming events and activities

  • Grade Street Improvement and Six River Trail Ceremony, October 17, 11 am, Three Rivers Mall Parking lot (near Izzy’s)
  • Complete Count Committee, October 16, 2:30 pm, Cowlitz County Historical Museum
  • CWCOG Board of Directors, October 24, Noon, Cowlitz Event Center
  • CWCOG Executive Committee, October 24, 1:15 pm, Cowlitz Event Center